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May 27, 2022

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David

I believe in pragmatism, and the points Joe and Russ raise are valid. However, if we wait for all the stars to align perfectly to find solutions to climate change, our children and grandchildren will be living in a world that is even more precarious than the one we live in now. I have no doubt that the transition to more eco-friendly energy is going to be messy. So are wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts. Maybe we need to adopt the Agile development process more widely to innovate more quickly than we are now. We're running out of time.

Paloma Ave

I believe it is ridiculous to think that we can change the climate, we need to adapt.

Just like we cannot get everyone to love one another, we can hope to get people to tolerate one another.

Paloma Ave

Just now on Facebook I am looking at a picture of hundreds of non-running electric cars sitting in an open field in Paris.

The caption reads:

This is a used car dump near Paris, France with hundreds of electric cars. Please note, these are only used cars of the city of Paris and not personal vehicles.

Everyone has the same problem .... the battery storage cells are dead and need to be replaced.

Why not replace them, you ask yourself? Well, there are two reasons.

One, battery storage cells cost almost twice what a new vehicle costs, and two, no landfill will allow you to dump batteries there.

So, these green fairy electric cars are dumping toxins from the battery right into the ground.

Still think we need to go green?

Joe

I suppose I need to be more clear. I'm not opposed to EVs, I just want to be, first, pragmatic in the sense that for a good long while they are not going to be for everyone in every situation. I had this chat with my neighbor in Tahoe yesterday. For summer trips up here they are fine but he wouldn't think of doing so in the middle of winter due to the poor battery performance in cold weather. And it will be sometime before chargers exist where they are needed.

Second and more importantly, I am very opposed to these pie-in-the-sky, top-down-from-Sacramento rules/laws/demands. The governor has never run anything more complicated than a restaurant IRL and I'm guessing he hired a professional general manager to do that. I'll bet $20 when he made the 2035 rule he had no idea of the things I list in this original post. I'll bet another $20 that he doesn't care. It's optics of "doing something" that interests him.

ps. This is entirely my stance, Russ has his own I'm sure.

Newsom is a fascist

Newsom is a fascist. It is just that simple. He is an autocrat who does what he wants. Get in line, serf. You will buy what I tell you to buy. You will eat what I tell you to eat. You will cook how I tell you to cook and you vill like it.

Spurrina

Two parcel taxes coming.
How can any government body think about taxes these days?
Out of touch, guaranteed income adjusted for inflation government can!

Vote nope!

Joe

Another WSJ reader's reaction to a different piece by an HSBC banker (that eventually got him in "truth trouble" - that is the trouble you get into for telling the truth:

I am reacting to the relentless and consistent nature of the propaganda. The kicker is that people have no idea how this will affect their standard of living. The Net-Zero states (CA, NY, NJ) are hurtling towards disaster. The politicians have no idea how much would be needed in battery backup to eliminate fossil fuels, nor do they have the faintest idea of the cost, both financial and environmental of batteries on that scale. Once these populated states get a taste of living with brown outs and blackouts, there will be some questions asked, but in the meantime, the grid, and energy supply will have been seriously compromised. We are hurtling towards disaster and even if you do think that an incremental increase in the trace gas, CO2, is a problem, China is pumping out so much of the stuff that what we do here really doesn't matter.

hollyroller@gmail.com

I do not post here much anymore.
So, I spend a little more time digesting opinions and Fake News before I respond.
I stopped commenting due to topics that are non-controversial...Boring.
This one may have "Legs."
The more "articles" I have read without commenting on are Scary. Very Scary.
Thank you, Joe, and Rusty.
You two provide a Very Cool Web Site.
Good to be back!

Joe

Thank you, holly, .....I think? I guess that was complimentary? I'll try not to be Boring, but after all, it has been called "Boringame" since I first worked in town in 1983.....

MBGA

Somewhere while reading an article about Gavin Newsom, and not even a hit piece if I remember, it was mentioned he had acknowledged that he had some learning disabilities or something related to why he did not excel in technical subjects when a youth. The piece was praising his other abilities. I’d try to find it but that is not the main point.

The main point is: What the heck is going on with these seemingly stupid decisions that are in every way impractical and certainly can’t work. Are the NWO, one green world types just fools? or are they up to some real evil? The answer to these type of questions is usually both, and a lot of both lately. So besides stupidity and the evilness of trying to force us to do it knowing full well that China and India, Africa, etc wont be doing it, shows pure dishonesty.

Gavin and his minions must know it can’t be done and I imagine in the back of their minds or in the back rooms, they are saying “Well, it’s just a law, and we are making it, so we can always change it when we get to 2034, and we will just extend it for some politically beneficial reasons, like to save jobs.” The left has no integrity at all. They know they can do it because their base proves everyday that they are getting dumber, so hey, what the heck.

Cassandra

Same with the southern border.
If they fix things there will be no talking points for dumb voters.
Gotta keep tossing that word-salad: equity-diversity-inclusivity
Intersectionality…

Joe

The drumbeat just keeps rolling on:

In January the Interior Department revoked long-held federal leases for mining in Minnesota’s Duluth Complex, which accounts for 95% of America’s nickel, 88% of its cobalt and more than one-third of its copper.

Minerals and metals will still be mined, but in countries with far fewer environmental protections such as Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and China.
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Do you think anyone has lost their job over that decision?

Handle Bard

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/electric-car-four-day-trip-more-time-charging-sleeping

Christopher Cooke

This article displays a lack of knowledge about the lithium industry and potential sources for it. There are startups with significant VC funding that can filter lithium from inland lakes and seas with no harm to the ecosystem in locations throughout the world. The WSJ had an article on this two months ago and my daughter is heading to South America with several co workers to start operations there.

Joe

I have no doubt that rising prices for lithium (and every other metal needed) will drive investment and innovation. There is another piece in the Journal that notes "the Lithium Valley in California with newly tapped molten lithium in which GM is investing. It could produce 600,000 metric tons a year of lithium as a byproduct of geothermal-energy production." Good luck to your daughter. Sounds like an interesting job.

Joe

More factoids on pricing of metals and the cars themselves from today's WSJ:

Auto makers have been raising prices on electric cars, partly to offset the soaring cost of materials used in their large batteries.

Last week, GM tacked on $6,250 to the price of GMC Hummer electric pickup-truck models, which now range from around $85,000 to $105,000, citing an increase in commodity and logistics costs. The waiting list for the recently released truck is about two years, a GM spokesman said.

Tesla this year has increased prices three times for a performance version of its top-selling Model Y SUV, adding a total of about 9% to the sticker price, which is now $69,900, according to Bernstein Research.

Overall, the average price paid for an electric vehicle in the U.S. in May was up 22% from a year earlier, at about $54,000, according to J.D. Power. By comparison, the average paid for an internal-combustion vehicle increased 14% in that period, to about $44,400.
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And a different piece from last week noted:

Oil-price increases have been modest compared with the rally in the metal that underpins electric-vehicle batteries. Despite a recent pause for breath, spot prices for seaborne supplies of the key lithium compounds, carbonate and hydroxide, have more than quintupled over the past year, according to data from price-reporting agency Fastmarkets.

Joe

Here is an eye-opening calculation from the WSJ:

Bets on charging networks are supported by a doubling of EV auto sales in the U.S. last year. However, that amount accounted for only a fraction of the U.S. car market, highlighting the challenges charging infrastructure faces generating sustainable profits. An analysis by consulting firm AlixPartners in 2020 showed that the average fast-charging station, charging market price for electricity, would take 20 to 25 years to pay off its initial investment.

A 20-25 year payback is not something to jump at..........

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